Re: Desperately seeking help for my 4mo
My son was extremely fussy when he was 4 months old. He had some nasty spells of evening fussiness when he was a newborn, but had been otherwise a very happy baby until 4 months. At 4 months he seemed pretty angry all. the. time. He got over it around 5 months, but most of 4 months was miserable for us and that's not terribly uncommon from what I understand. Babies are getting more alert and active at 4 months, and that can be a difficult transition for some. Mine was very distractible at the time too.
Here are some things that I did during that time to help my baby nurse during his screaming spells and distractibility:
- Latch/nurse while walking with my baby in a sling/carrier or my arms. This helped with both fussing and distractibility. I liked the Ergo for distractibility because it has a hood to keep outside distractions concealed.
- Latch/nurse while bouncing my baby on my knee.
- Latch/nurse while rocking and singing.
- Nurse with music playing.
- Nurse outside while on a walk with my son in the sling/carrier or sitting on the deck.
- Nurse in the bath.
- Use a nursing necklace.
You might also want to take your daughter to her doctor for a check up to rule out an ear infection or other medical issue. Ear infections are a common cause for a reluctance to nurse.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).